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Barclaycard in the United Kingdom

Since we introduced credit cards to the UK in 1966, we've continued to remain one of its leading credit card providers whose core skills are in identifying and exceeding customer need, innovation and appropriate lending.

Our offices and people

Barclaycard's UK headquarters are based in a specially-designed building in Northampton, with about 3,000 employees. As one of Northampton's main employers, we often contribute to the local community and fund projects that enhance the region.

Products and services

Some of our most exciting and innovative products have been developed in the UK. For instance, we launched contactless payments in 2007 and within a couple of years over 8 million contactless debit and credit cards had been issued.

In 2012, we expanded upon our contactless offering with the launch of Barclaycard PayTag. With PayTag, you simply stick the product to the back of your mobile phone, and you’ll be able to pay quickly and easily at the point of sale.

Soon after, we launched Instant Access – allowing all our customers to access credit before their card arrives – as well as our unique Unwind service, which gives you exclusive access to music and event tickets before general sale.

Personal products

We offer a range of credit cards with the flexibility to fit into your life, whether you'd like to make purchases, earn rewards, or transfer your credit card balances to save money.

In 2012, we were proud to launch two new rewards cards – Freedom Rewards and Cashback.

Freedom has seen us establish over 70 partners to date, each able to offer our Barclaycard customers their own unique and compelling rewards. Meanwhile, Cashback rewards you anywhere and everywhere you spend by earning money back on your purchases.

We’re also pleased to help our customers maintain control of their finances. Our impressive range of market-leading balance transfer products make paying down balances easier, while access to mybarclaycard online account servicing helps you manage your money on the go.

Solutions for business

Barclaycard Commercial issues cards and solutions that are ideal for entertainment expenses, travel booking and payments and high volume purchases. A leading issuer of GPC Visa cards for the public sector in the UK and issue cards to organisations in health, education, charity emergency services, local and central civil governments.

Our Payment Acceptance solutions allow you to trade in the manner that's most convenient for you and your customers. You could increase revenue by offering customers more ways to pay and accepting cards in person, online, by phone, mail and email.

Our partner cards

Since 1986, when we launched the UK's first loyalty scheme, offering you rewards has remained a priority for us. Thanks to partnerships with household names such as Hilton Hotels and Priority Club, you can turn your everyday spending into cheaper hotel stays, air miles, high street vouchers and more.

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